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HIFF – Global Positioning Shorts

“GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | No Dialogue | 7 min. Directed by Kiichiro Nakamura. A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of...

The whaling debate, slot machines, and global warming

Whaling in Japan: An age-old tradition on a taboo practice? With two Japanese pitchers on their roster, communication is imperative for catchers on the New York Mets. Does more sleep in Japan = less global warming? According...
Photo of “Bittersweet” screens on Nov. 9, 13 and 18.

HIFF – Eat, Drink, Film

“TSUKIJI WONDERLAND” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 110 min. Written and directed by Naotaro Endo. Tökyö’s Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Opened in 1935, the...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by several of Okinawa’s top artistic and cultural masters will be recalled with gratitude and fondness on Sunday, July 30,....

Wednesday bullets

Jim Allen, sportswriter for the Daily Yomiuri, writes that Japanese baseball needs to learn how to travel before they find international success. Forget about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this upcoming movie is...

Friday bullets and Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to everyone out there in cyberland. Hope it was a relaxing and a safe one - as always, we present to you interesting news from around the globe . . . A...
Photo of “My Korean Teacher” screens on Nov. 8 and 11.

HIFF – Spotlight on Japan

“OVER THE FENCE” | U.S. Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 112 min. Written by Yasushi Sato and Ryo Takada. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. From Yamashita (“Linda Linda Linda,” “La La La at Rock...

Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation Recital

WHO/WHAT: The Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation will present its annual maizome, or recital, showcasing the accomplishments of the students over the past year. The program will feature 24 dance and nagauta (long song) shamisen...
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Rhythm Summit in Concert

WHO/WHAT: RHYTHM SUMMIT, a unique collaboration made possible by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in 2008, brings together the artistry and musicality of world-class artists — Kenny Endo (taiko, bamboo...

Sweaters and violins . . .

The consequences of grouping all Asians together. Enter the world of Junko Watanabe, or, as she is affectionately known in Los Angeles, the Sweater Girl. Seattle's Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is looking for...

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